A Chinese man has allegedly stabbed his lover, a 23-year-old woman, to death at Janbulo quarters, Kumbotso local government area of Kano.
The incident reportedly happened around 10pm on Friday after the suspect came to visit the deceased, identified as Ummakulsum Sani Buhari, at her parents’ house located adjacent National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) office.
While what transpired between the duo and led to the unfortunate event remains sketchy, Daily Trust reported that she was certified dead by a doctor.
Abubakar Mustapha, a neighbour to the deceased, told the newspaper that she was a divorcee and the suspect was her boyfriend.
“The incident happen around 10:00pm last night. The murderer was her boyfriend since before she got married. Her husband divorced her and they went on with their friendship as boyfriend and girlfriend. He often went to her house. She was taken to UMC Zhair Hospital not more than a kilometre away from her house and she died.”
“Khaleed, her brother stopped the mob from attacking the murderer when he came back for his car when he entered the house because he (Khaleed) thought that will be lead to a different thing. The man was then caught and handed over to the police,” Mustapha said.
Another neighbour, Muhammad Sani, said that the suspect once attempted suicide because of the girlfriend but with the intervention of the police, the matter was settled.
“When she was about getting married, he once attempted suicide because of his love for her until the police intervened and everything was settled,” he said.
He added that the suspect had been taken to the divisional police station at Dorayi quarters.
The deceased, Ummakulsum, popularly known as ‘Ummita’ attended Kano School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Speaking on the unfortunate incident, the bereaved mother said, “She was my daughter; he (the Chinese man) always comes around wanting to see her and she has been refusing. This time around when he came, he kept knocking on the door. When I was fed up of him hitting the door loudly, I opened the door and he pushed me aside and got in and started stabbing her with a knife.
“I started shouting and people came running. We rushed her to the hospital but before we arrived, she was dead. It happened around 9.30pm. We were at home with her two younger sisters when it happened. Her brother was out and her father is dead. It was raining then, people were indoors and couldn’t hear me shouting until when someone came and tried going in through the window.
“I want the authorities to see to this criminal act. It was long since their love affair ended. She got married and later got divorced. That was when he came back to her life, pressing that he must see her. He used to come in although we don’t like it but he doesn’t understand. We used to chase him out. When I attempted informing the police, my children would refuse and say let’s not take the matter public.
“The man that came to her aid and went through the window; he was the one who caught him and brought him out. He ran off and they chased him and brought him back. He is now with the police. She was my eldest daughter but she has two elder brothers.
“He understands that she doesn’t want to see him. When he calls, she doesn’t pick up. That’s when he decided to invade. He knocked at the door for almost an hour. She was the one who asked me to go and send him away after which he pushed me away upon opening the gate.
“He went straight to her room. He knows where the room is because he used to come in. In most cases, it’s her brother that used to send him away. They first met at Shoprite when she went to buy perfume and they exchanged phone numbers. That’s how they started making out on calls.
“When she got married, they separated until when she was divorced. Her husband suspects they were chatting with him on phone although that was not what led to the failure of her marriage. Of course, she told him that she was going to marry him, but because her paternal uncles saw issues coming, they refused and I agreed with them.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kano, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, confirmed the incident.
Source: Daily Trust